Fast Festive Food: Carrots cooked with orange and star anise
Carrots Mark Greenaway

Carrots aren’t the most exciting Christmas side dish, but they’re traditional and a turkey dinner wouldn’t be the same without them.

In our latest video Chef Mark Greenaway (owner the of award-winning Restaurant Mark Greenaway in Edinburgh) shares a unique and tasty way to prepare carrots and make them interesting again.

Want to try it for yourself? Of course you do, so we’ve put the full recipe below.

Watch the video:

Music: Christmas Eve At Midnight (Small Town Square) by Lee Rosevere

Carrots with Orange and Star Anise

Serves 4


300g carrots

250ml orange juice

60g caster sugar

4 star anise

Zest of 1 orange

150g butter

A pinch a salt


Peel and cut the carrots into 2 inch batons or alternatively use baby carrots but make sure you scrub them well

Add all of the ingredients to a heavy based pan and simmer until the carrots are tender

Drain the carrots and reduce the liquor to a syrup consistency

Pour the syrup back over the carrots and keep warm until needed

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